Detroit mayor turned down J&J vaccine in favor of others
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Detroit refused 6,200 doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine this week. But the city said Friday it would accept doses of J&J in the state’s next allocation. Mayor Mike Duggan said Thursday that he favors the Pfizer and Moderna snaps. He said the two-dose vaccines are “the best”. Duggan’s comments conflict with advice from senior health officials. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun is Michigan’s Chief Medical Officer. She says all vaccines, including J&J’s single-dose vaccine, should be offered in all communities. She cautions against comparing the three vaccines because of differences in when and where each company conducted their studies. Research by Pfizer and Moderna ended before the affected variants began to spread.
MICHIGAN GOVERNOR KIDNAPPING PLOT
Testimony ends with key hearing for 3 people linked to Whitmer plot
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A veteran who says he believes in small government has explained how he became an FBI informant in an investigation into an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The man testified on Friday. He is identified only as Dan. Dan says he gained access to a private Facebook page after discovering a group called the Wolverine Watchmen. Dan says he was later “alarmed” by talk of harming the police and agreed to help the FBI. A judge will decide on March 29 whether Paul Bellar, Joe Morrison and Pete Musico will stand trial. They are accused of aiding six other men charged in federal court with conspiring to kidnap the Democratic governor.
Redistricting of Michigan
Michigan redistricting committee to request delay to complete maps
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s redistricting commission will ask the state Supreme Court to extend a Nov. 1 deadline to finalize new political maps, citing an eight-month delay in U.S. Census Bureau data . The panel cleared the legal move on Friday. Under a 2018 constitutional amendment forming the commission, it must pass legislative and legislative lines once a decade no later than November 1. She must propose a plan or plans for public consultation by September 17, before the census data is available. published. Federal officials blamed operational delays in the 2020 census that were caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
1996 U.S. Olympic runner Paul McMullen dies in skiing accident
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Paul McMullen, a runner who was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, died in a skiing accident in northern Michigan. McMullen attended Eastern Michigan University. The university says McMullen, 49, died Thursday. In 1996 McMullen won the US Olympic Trials in the 1500 meters and qualified for the Atlanta Olympics. He reached the semi-finals. McMullen lost two toes in a lawn mowing accident in 1997. But he still won the mile run the following year at the United States Indoor Track and Field Championships. McMullen was originally from Cadillac, Michigan. He lived in Grand Haven with his wife and three children.
CHILD ABUSE EXPERT
Michigan Supreme Court overturns 2005 child abuse conviction
DETROIT, AP — The Michigan Supreme Court overturned a child abuse conviction more than 15 years later. The court said on Friday a man’s rights were violated when his attorney failed to seek taxpayers’ money to hire an expert witness. Terry Ceasor’s attorney said he didn’t ask for public money because he didn’t believe his client was qualified. The Supreme Court says that was enough to spoil Ceasor’s conviction. Ceasor was convicted of child abuse in 2005 and sentenced to two to 15 years in prison. He was accused of shaking his girlfriend’s son and causing injury. Ceasor denied abusing the child. He says he left the boy on a sofa while he was in the bathroom and then heard a loud noise. The boy recovered.
MICHIGAN STATE FALL
MSU: 75 percent of fall undergraduate classes will be in-person
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University plans to offer in-person instruction in 75% of undergraduate classes in the fall. Spectators will again be welcomed at sporting events and performing arts performances. President Samuel Stanley Jr. shared the news in a letter to the community on Friday. Stanley encourages staff and students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible. Stanley gave no details about attending Big Ten games on campus, but said spectators would be allowed. Stanley says attendance will depend on state rules for large crowds. Most undergraduate courses at MSU have been online since the outbreak began a year ago.
Michigan State Trooper charged with assault over dog attack
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Michigan State Police say one of its troopers has been charged with felony assault in connection with a traffic stop in which he let his police dog attack a motorist despite no resistance. He said Friday that Parker Surbrook had been charged in connection with the Nov. 13 traffic stop in Lansing where a passenger was suspected of being armed. The driver fled and crashed into a tree and was out of his vehicle when Surbrook and a local police officer arrived on the scene. State police said Surbrook allowed his dog to attack the driver “for an extended period of time.” State police placed Surbrook on leave Dec. 8 and presented the results of their criminal investigation to prosecutors last month.
KILL A DATING APP
Indianapolis man arrested in Detroit for killing dating app
DETROIT (AP) — An Indianapolis man has been arrested in a Detroit murder in which the victim was allegedly targeted as a member of the LGBTQ community through an online dating app. The Wayne County District Attorney’s Office said Friday that Devilish Paris Johnson, 34, faces a probable cause conference on March 18 and a preliminary review on March 23 for first-degree murder and use of a weapon. on fire during a felony charge. The 39-year-old victim was killed on September 5 in an armed robbery. Johnson was also indicted for a separate armed robbery on September 1 of a 26-year-old man at a hotel in Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit. Prosecutors say the man is also a member of the LGBTQ community.
VACCINES FOR TEACHERS AGAINST THE VIRUS OUTBREAK
Teacher vaccinations not being tracked amid push to reopen schools
While the United States is prioritizing teachers nationwide for coronavirus vaccines, states and many districts are not keeping track of how many school employees have received the vaccines. Although vaccines are not needed for educators to return to school buildings, a lack of data is complicating efforts to address parents’ concerns about levels of health risk and some teachers’ unions are calling for vaccinations generalized as a condition for reopening schools. The number of school staff receiving vaccines — and refusal rates — is unclear so far in several large districts where teachers have been prioritized, including Las Vegas, Chicago and Louisville, Kentucky.
FOOT FOUND – RIVER EDGE
Fishing teenagers find a human foot on the banks of the Michigan River
TAYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two teenagers discovered a human foot while fishing in Saginaw County. The Saginaw News reports on Thursday that the foot was found on February 26 along the banks of the River Flint in Taymouth Township. Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel said he was sent to the state police Crime Lab, where DNA from the foot will be compared to other DNA collected. He adds that the foot was in a size 10½ lace-up work boot and could have been in the water for six months to two years. Taymouth Township is south of Saginaw and about 100 miles northwest of Detroit.